|Heath Spotted Orchid|
The once wetter areas had Marsh Pennywort, Ragged Robin, Marsh Marigold and Forget-me-not. The wind was a bit brisk for butterflies but a nice Green-veined White obliged for a photograph.
The small Common Gull colony had 5-6 chicks perched a top the pebbles, with peeping Oystercatchers. Good views of Ringed Plovers, Wheatear, we watched the Skylarks sing on the way up and the meadow Pipits sing as they parachuted down.
A first and a highlight of the afternoon was a shrew, bold as you like scurrying across the heather and into the longer grass.
Flowers: Birds-foot Trefoil; Thyme; Lady's bedstraw; Thrift; Tormentil; Germander Speedwell; Marsh Cinquefoil; Ragged Robin; Forget-me-not spp; Marsh Pennywort;English Stonecrop; Heath Spotted Orchid; other hybrid spotted orchid; Lousewort.
Birds: Oystercatcher; Ringed Plover; Wheatear; Meadow Pipit; Skylark; Pied Wagtail; Common Gull, 5 Common gull chicks; GannetsBirds heard: Snipe; Corncrake; Dunlin
Insects: Green-veined White; hawker dragonfly; Painted Lady